Jewels with a twist

Thursday, 8 May 2014 - 6:20am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Jewelley designer Mrinalini Chandra talks about her design inspiration

Her chair-inspired line at Lakme Fashion Week was a hit both among critics and the buyers. Her pieces are light weight and very wearable - also one can team them up with both Indian and Western ensembles. She talks about her unique aesthetic and bridal pieces.

How did the idea of weaving the entire collection around the chair motif come about?
It's a funny story. I was in Paris at a furniture museum where an Art Nouveau exhibition was taking place. I was in a hall where I saw so many chairs and everyone was looking at those chairs. After that I kept noticing chairs everywhere and the emotion associated with it.

Even on a dining table in a house, each member of the family has his or her own chair. In Gujarati households, you have jhulas. When I started working with my kaarigars who only make traditional jewellery, it was a bit of a shocker to them. We used the right colours and fligiree around the chair motif and came with the collection.

Tell us about your alloy combo?
I make my own alloys. My alloy comprises of gold, silver, brass and copper.
I make my filigree from Odisha to ensure authenticity.

Weren't you taking risk with the bridal kaliras?
When I was making kaliras, I thought that'll be a risk because weddings are serious occasions and everyone opts for serious jewellery. But kaliras were my fave pieces from the collection. I've made five custom-made kaliras for brides and they have been very well received.

Tell us about your fall festive line.
It's going to be romantic and fairy tale-ish.

Who are the designers you admire?
Jacqueline Ryan for her organic pieces. In India, I like Suhani Pittie and Eina Ahluwalia.

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